Shaka Zulu (1986)

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A historical account on the life of the Zulu king Shaka.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 Lt. Francis Farewell (1 episode, 1986)
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 Dr. Henry Fynn (1 episode, 1986)
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 Lord Charles Somerset (1 episode, 1986)
Fiona Fullerton ...
 Elizabeth Farewell (1 episode, 1986)
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 Lord Bathurst (1 episode, 1986)
Henry Cele ...
 Shaka (1 episode, 1986)
Dudu Mkhize ...
 Nandi (1 episode, 1986)
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 George IV (1 episode, 1986)
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 Prof. Bramston (1 episode, 1986)
Kenneth Griffith ...
 Zacharias Abrahams (1 episode, 1986)
Conrad Magwaza ...
 Senzagakona (1 episode, 1986)
Patrick Ndlovu ...
 Mudli (1 episode, 1986)
Roland Mqwebu ...
 Ngomane (1 episode, 1986)
Gugu Nxumalo ...
 Mkabayi (1 episode, 1986)
Tu Nokwe ...
 Pampata (1 episode, 1986)
Vuyisile Bojana ...
 Mgobozi (1 episode, 1986)
Bingo Bentley ...
 Bhuza (1 episode, 1986)
Simon Sabela ...
 Dingiswayo (1 episode, 1986)
Sam Williams ...
 Jama (1 episode, 1986)
Alex Heyns ...
 Vegte (1 episode, 1986)
Graham Armitage ...
 Wilkins (1 episode, 1986)
Geoff Albert ...
 Thomson (1 episode, 1986)
Sonke Buthelezi ...
 Nqoboka (1 episode, 1986)
John Carson ...
 Lord Kimberley (1 episode, 1986)
Khumbulani Cele ...
 Shaka (6-11) (1 episode, 1986)
Dabula Ciliza ...
 Ghubela (1 episode, 1986)
Bill Curry ...
 Popham (1 episode, 1986)
Terence Dlamini ...
 Gazi (1 episode, 1986)
Thembinkosi Dlamini ...
 Mevana (1 episode, 1986)
Glen Gabela ...
 Shaka (15-19) (1 episode, 1986)
King Beaters Gabelah ...
 Musi (1 episode, 1986)
Winston Gama ...
 Mzilikazi (1 episode, 1986)
P.W.M. Gardner ...
 Aithison (1 episode, 1986)
Keith Grenville ...
 Shepstone (1 episode, 1986)
Zipathe Gumede ...
 Nkalakata (1 episode, 1986)
Daphney Hlomuka ...
 Queen Ntombazi (1 episode, 1986)
Eugene Hlomuka ...
 Dilikana (1 episode, 1986)
James Irwin ...
 Gen. Chelmsford (1 episode, 1986)
Ian Jali ...
 Sigiyana (1 episode, 1986)
Kerry Jordan ...
 Rev. Bellow (1 episode, 1986)
Benedict Khambula ...
 Witchdoctor (1 episode, 1986)
Charles Kinsman ...
 Cane (1 episode, 1986)
Sokesimbone Kubheka ...
 Cetshwayo (1 episode, 1986)
Bruno Luthuli ...
 Pungashe (1 episode, 1986)
Khulekani Magubane ...
 Zwide (1 episode, 1986)
Victor Majavu ...
 King Makedama (1 episode, 1986)
Phillip Majola ...
 Ngwadi (9 yrs old) (1 episode, 1986)
Humphrey Makhoba ...
 Dingane (1 episode, 1986)
Obed Makubane ...
 Messenger (1 episode, 1986)
Africa Manqele ...
 Ngazana (1 episode, 1986)
Sonto Mazibuko ...
 Bibi (1 episode, 1986)
Grissel Mboni ...
 Mfunda (1 episode, 1986)
Peter Mgaga ...
 Nzobo (1 episode, 1986)
Eric Mcanyana ...
 Godongwana (1 episode, 1986)
Dingeni Mhlongo ...
 Nomcoba (child) (1 episode, 1986)
Precious Mkhize ...
 Njani (1 episode, 1986)
Raymond Mkhize ...
 Soshangane (1 episode, 1986)
Amos Mkhonza ...
 King Kondlo (1 episode, 1986)
Louis Mtetwa ...
 Ufasimba (1 episode, 1986)
Sally Mthembu ...
 Majola (1 episode, 1986)
Lucky Mtshali ...
 Nondumo (1 episode, 1986)
Sabelo Ndebele ...
 Ngwadi (1 episode, 1986)
Daniel Ndlovu ...
 Dlaba (1 episode, 1986)
Isabelle Ndlovu ...
 Noliwa (1 episode, 1986)
Michael Nene ...
 Mbopha (1 episode, 1986)
Shadrack Ngema ...
 Joko (1 episode, 1986)
Elliot Ngubane ...
 Mphepha (1 episode, 1986)
Peter Nkwanyana ...
 Ufasimba (1 episode, 1986)
Alfred D. Nokwe ...
 Kuta (1 episode, 1986)
Emily Nompumelelo ...
 Mahlana (1 episode, 1986)
Adalbero Ntsele ...
 Luthuli (1 episode, 1986)
Samuel Ntsini ...
 The Nameless One (1 episode, 1986)
Horatius Ntuli ...
 Njanis Father (1 episode, 1986)
Artwell Nyembe ...
 Ufasimba Leader (1 episode, 1986)
Aletta Rabotapi ...
 Maidservant (1 episode, 1986)
Michael Richard ...
 Mordechai Abrahams (1 episode, 1986)
Erica Rogers ...
 Queen Victoria (1 episode, 1986)
Hugh Rouse ...
 Worthing (1 episode, 1986)
Cynthia Shange ...
 Mkabi (1 episode, 1986)
Sibusiso Shange ...
 Phakathwayo (1 episode, 1986)
David Sherwood ...
 Captain Blair (1 episode, 1986)
Yule Simone ...
 Gendeyana (1 episode, 1986)
Leonard Sithole ...
 Mbuya (1 episode, 1986)
Washington Xisolo ...
 Bhebhe (1 episode, 1986)
Ron Smerczak ...
 Ogle (1 episode, 1986)
Sibongile Sokhulu ...
 Nomcoba (1 episode, 1986)
Daniel Stewart ...
 Tonino (1 episode, 1986)
Oliver Stole ...
 Mbenghi (1 episode, 1986)
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 The Prince Of Wales (1 episode, 1986)
Reginald Tsokolibane ...
 The Lion Man (1 episode, 1986)
Sean Weir ...
 Hockley (1 episode, 1986)
Robert Whitehead ...
 Simpson (1 episode, 1986)
Nomsa Xaba ...
 Sitayi (1 episode, 1986)
Ganza Zama ...
 Mtonga (1 episode, 1986)
Vincent Zulu ...
 Pakatwayo (1 episode, 1986)
V.E.M. Zulu ...
 King Sodubo (1 episode, 1986)
Patrick Zungu ...
 Igazi (1 episode, 1986)
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Storyline

Framed around Queen Victoria's decision on England's political stance towards the Zulu Nation, this mini-series details King Shaka's rise and fall with mythic detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that lead to his downfall. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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The Most Savage Warrior of All Time!


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$24,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Based on Joshua Sinclair's own novel "Shaka Zulu", itself based on the oral tradition of the Zulu people. See more »

Quotes

Shaka: [last words, as he is slain by his own bodyguards] ... THE SWALLOWS HAVE WON!
["Swallows" is the Zulus' term for the British... since they, like their bird-namesakes, first came to Africa from across the sea]
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Connections

Followed by Shaka Zulu: The Citadel (2001) See more »

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Greensleeves
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Great action, atmosphere, acting: great miniseries
8 March 2005 | by (Rye, New York) – See all my reviews

Although not a despot known to many, Shaka Zulu controlled an empire at the height of his power comparable to that of Napolean and was as brutal as Vlad the Impaler; this miniseries very successfully shows his rise to power, relationship with British envoys, and eventual fall.

As the mini-series opens, a solemn South African representative listens to the British elite, including Queen Victoria, belittle his people and then begs them to let his people keep their sovereignty. The series then flashbacks to the British embassy going to meet Shaka, running into trouble, and eventually earning his trust after an assassination attempt. The series then flashbacks to his rise to power from a young boy to the most powerful man on the continent of Africa. The flashbacks never get confusing, the story is always well told. The cinematography is brilliant, the acting (especially by Henry Cele in the title role) is very competent, and the characters are very compelling.

The series has a little something for everyone, although I think it would appeal more to history buffs like myself. In addition, there is substantial amounts of nudity, as most of the African women go around topless. While the nudity didn't detract from the narrative or become gratutitious, it is something to think about before letting younger viewers watch.

All in all i heartily recommend this mini-series, whether for a really, really rainy day or an hour at at time after work.


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